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    Big Chill looks to retool after losing five stars to pro league

    Aug 31, 2012
    Big Chill coach Robert Sison says he is proud of his five former players who were picked in the last PBA draft, among them first-rounders Alex Mallari (Petron) and Keith Jensen (Ginebra). Jerome Ascano

    BIG CHILL coach Robert  Sison is confident he will be able to assemble a competitive team for the third season of PBA Developmental League.

    The Superchargers lost five key players in the recent PBA Annual Draft and are now in the process of recruitment to fill the vacant spots.

    “We are in the process of recruitment now. But I think we’ll have a pretty good lineup this coming season,” Sison assured. “We have based our recruitment on the positions where we lost players.

    “I’m proud of my players who got picked in the draft. That is a solid proof that Big Chill can and will produce quality players who will make an impact in the D-League and specially, in the PBA.”

    Fil-Ams Alex Mallari (Petron) and Keith Jensen were picked in the first round. Center Jewel Ponferada (B-Meg) and point guard Raffy Reyes (Alaska) were selected in the second round while another guard, Elliot Tan (Ginebra), was drafted in the sixth round.

    Sison said what he has in mind is a team that can give the NLEX Road Warriors a run for their money. The Road Warriors have won the league’s first three championships.

    “I want a team that can match up with NLEX. Afterall, NLEX is the meter stick of all the teams in the D-League,” said the soft-spoken coach, who took over the Superchargers only last conference and steered Big Chill to the finals of the PBA D-League Foundation’s Cup.

    “Kaya lang talagang sobra to the max ang lakas ng lineup (NLEX) kaya we will try our best to put up a decent lineup to give them a good fight every time we play them.”

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    Big Chill coach Robert Sison says he is proud of his five former players who were picked in the last PBA draft, among them first-rounders Alex Mallari (Petron) and Keith Jensen (Ginebra). Jerome Ascano
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